The Betrayal - Nerakhoon Reviews

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Stan Hall
Oregonian
May 1, 2009
The film's searing emotionalism is enhanced by lovely camerawork and a magnificent violin score.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 9, 2009
The Betrayal puts a human face and name on the term collateral damage and expands its definition in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 9, 2009
Self-consciously poetic and shot within a luscious inch of its life, the film's also an engrossing heartbreaker: a family saga that spans continents, political administrations, and decades of travail to arrive at a harder, wiser place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 29, 2009
...meditative images from renowned cinematographer Kuras skillfully mixed with archival footage, stills and talking heads by editor Thavi into a story with so many shocks and ironies that it resonates in waves after the telling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 20, 2009
Succeeds on every level. Kuras cares not only about the story itself, which is monumental, but about the form it takes, which is a thing of beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 12, 2009
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is a remarkable achievement, haunting the viewer long after it ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
February 27, 2009
The touching music (which includes quasi-choral chants) completes a film that, despite its tough subject matter, is life-affirming in the best possible way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 20, 2009
A doc that wears its viewpoint on its sleeve -- but a viewpoint worth watching
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 16, 2009
[Betrayal's] saga, told with soul-stirring specificity, is also in a sense the history of 20th century bloodshed and dislocation, hauntingly anticipated in 5,000-year-old Lao prophecies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 8, 2008
Although slow in its delivery, "Betrayal" delivers a stinging criticism of life in America. When foreigners come here for freedom, they may get more freedom than they wanted.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
December 2, 2008
"Somewhere within the countless hours of footage shot for the project is a truly stunning movie that sheds light on America's imperialism. Sadly, it's not there on the screen."
Full Review | Original Score: 34/100
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 21, 2008
The filmmakers have created a shimmering, absorbing experience that's both specific and general, both concrete and abstract.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 21, 2008
The Betrayal is a potent mix of archival footage, talking heads and visually arresting montages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 21, 2008
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is quiet, contemplative and impressionistic, which makes the story it has to tell all the more powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
November 21, 2008
A lyrical prance through a most dreary period in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
November 21, 2008
The filmmakers, plying the easier path of sentimentality, never explore the psychological complexity of the disenfranchisement suffered by the Phrasavaths. Instead, they emphasize the everyday humiliations of poverty%u2014the better to place blame.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 21, 2008
Epic story of one man and his war-torn family, across continents, decades, and cultures, with the director remarkably along through 24 tumultuous years.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 20, 2008
A compelling documentary about a son and his mother struggling to keep their souls alive after surviving war in Laos and poverty in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 20, 2008
Parts look as though taken by actors, until one realizes that these are the same real people over years, heavier or thinner, baby-faced or mature.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2008
The past-and-present layering is a lot more resonant -- and less sketchy -- than the film's theme of 'betrayal,' both familial and governmental.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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